Rugby World Cup Final 2019 Live Jonny Wilkinson was offering drop-goal advice to Owen Farrell and George Ford today as England put the finishing touches to their preparations for the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.
Wilkinson’s drop goal in the last minute of extra-time against Australia won England the 2003 World Cup and the former fly half landed 36 in 97 Tests for his country and the British & Irish Lions.
Sir Clive Woodward’s England used Wilkinson’s drop goal brilliance — he could land them sweetly off either foot — as a tactic to build scoreboard pressure on opponents.
New Zealand rugby fans are converging on Tokyo clutching their tickets to Friday night’s bronze medal match at the Rugby World Cup – but at least two Kiwi fans have admitted they’ve lost their tickets to the final.
Ian from Riverton and his friend had tickets to the final, until they went missing on a night out on the town in Tokyo.
“We just can’t remember where we have been, so we can’t remember how to get back to find them,” he told RNZ.
“My mate lost his whole wallet, including the tickets, which are now very very valuable.”
RNZ has previously reported that the ticket re-sale website Stubhub is selling top level tickets to the England-South Africa final for $25,687 – a 1771 percent increase on the original price of $1450.
The cheapest ticket in Category D at International Stadium in Yokohama sold for $1113 – it’s original price on the Rugby World Cup website was $363.
Saturday will mark the first appearance in the final for both South Africa and England since they played each other in the 2007 decider in Paris, won by the Springboks.
The disappointment of missing out on the World Cup final still lingers for All Blacks fans in Japan.
But having come all the way to watch the former world champions, most opted to stay on for tonight’s bronze final rather than head home early.
Jason from Rotorua says he thinks he’s more more gutted than the players, but he’ll be there on Friday night.
It’s pretty hard to get energised when the big goal of winning the World Cup has gone now. They (the All Blacks) say they’ll be trying their hardest and, I suppose, they will be seeing off some of the boys so I hope they can pull it all together and finish on a high.”
It’ll be the last game for players Kieran Read, Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty in an All Black jersey and Steve Hansen’s swansong as coach.
But despite losing last week’s semifinal, the Welsh also have plenty to play for – it’s the last game for Kiwi coach Warren Gatland, as well as the world’s most capped forward, captain Alun Wyn Jones.
The two countries have met in 34 tests with all but three of those won by the All Blacks.
If you remember the last time Wales won, you might also remember the Korean War – it was 1953.